US job claims surge to document 3.28 million: coronavirus updates


The variety of declared coronavirus circumstances in Europe topped 250,000, greater than half of that are in hard-hit Italy and Spain. But during the last 24 hours each international locations reported enhancements.

Spain registered 655 fatalities from the coronavirus – down from greater than 700 on Wednesday, whereas Italy confirmed a decrease fee of infections.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) European workplace stated it noticed “encouraging signs”, cautioning it was too early to say whether or not the worst had handed.


More than 487,000 individuals world wide have been identified with COVID-19, in line with information collected by Johns Hopkins University. About 117,000 have recovered, whereas greater than 22,000 individuals have died.

Here are the newest updates:

Thursday, March 26

13:30 GMT – Israeli leaders open up nuclear bunker in battle on coronavirus

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The Israeli authorities has opened up a battle bunker within the Jerusalem hills to assist coordinate its marketing campaign towards the unfold of the coronavirus.

The bunker, referred to as the “National Management Centre”, was constructed greater than a decade in the past due to concern about Iran’s nuclear programme and missile exchanges with Lebanon’s Hezbollah or Palestinian group Hamas.

According to Israeli officers, it consists of living quarters and command amenities and will be accessed from the federal government advanced in Jerusalem and the western foothills resulting in Tel Aviv.

“This [bunker] is another tool for managing, controlling, oversight and tracking” the coronavirus, stated an Israeli official who requested anonymity. “We understand that this crisis will accompany us for an extended period of time yet.”

13:05 GMT – Saudi king urges ‘efficient’ G20 response to virus disaster

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman urged G20 leaders to take “effective and coordinated” motion to fight the worldwide disaster triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, and referred to as on them to help creating nations.

“We must have an effective and coordinated response to this pandemic and restore confidence in the global economy,” the king stated in his opening remarks as G20 leaders started an emergency on-line summit.

“It is our responsibility to extend a helping hand to developing countries and least developed countries to enable them to build their capacities and improve their infrastructure to overcome this crisis and its repercussions,” he added.

12:46 GMT – US weekly jobless claims surge to a document 3.28 million

The variety of Americans submitting claims for unemployment advantages soared to document of greater than Three million final week as strict measures to include the coronavirus pandemic floor the nation to a sudden halt, unleashing a wave of layoffs that possible introduced an finish to the longest employment increase in US historical past.

Initial claims for unemployment advantages rose to three.28 million within the newest week from a revised 282,000 the earlier week, eclipsing the earlier document of 695,000 set in 1982, the US Labor Department stated on Thursday.

Economists polled by Reuters information company had forecast claims would rise to 1 million, however estimates ranged to as excessive as Four million.

Nearly each state cited COVID-19 for the bounce in preliminary jobless claims, with heavy impacts in meals companies, lodging, leisure and recreation, healthcare and transportation

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12:37 GMT – Unanswered questions as Nigeria braces for lockdown 

Nigerians are bracing for a partial lockdown from Thursday as authorities attempt to include the unfold of coronavirus circumstances within the nation of about 200 million individuals.

Read extra right here.

12:05 GMT – Swiss coronavirus circumstances high 10,000, with 161 deaths

Switzerland has 10,714 confirmed coronavirus infections and 161 individuals have died of the illness, the Federal Office of Public Health stated.

The numbers have been updated as of 07:15 GMT, it stated.

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11:48 GMT – Coronavirus tally rises to 840 in Russia

The variety of the coronavirus circumstances in Russia rose to 840 with 182 confirmed analysis during the last 24 hours, authorities stated.

Overall, two individuals, each in Moscow, have died whereas 38 recovered, in line with the newest figures on the official on-line portal for COVID-19 data.

Moscow additionally takes the lead within the variety of circumstances as greater than half of all of the coronavirus sufferers reside within the capital. Similarly, 136 of 182 new infections have been reported there.

11:29 GMT – Five issues to observe in lockdown

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11:06 GMT – UK flight brings again stranded residents from Peru

The first British-government chartered British Airways flight from Peru landed, bringing again stranded residents, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab stated.

FILE PHOTO: A Saudi man walks past a poster depicting Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia M

A person walks previous a poster depicting Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh [Ahmed Yosri/Reuters]

11:04 GMT – Saudi Arabia releases 250 immigration offenders

Saudi Arabia has launched 250 overseas detainees held on non-violent immigration and residency offences as a part of efforts to include the unfold of coronavirus, the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) stated.

“Releasing them for eventual repatriation will help decrease the threat for inmates of the detention centres without compromising public security in any way,” HRC President Awwad al-Awwad stated in a press release, including that extra releases have been anticipated.

10:56 GMT – WHO Europe sees ‘encouraging indicators’

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) European workplace stated it noticed “encouraging signs” as Italy reported a decrease fee of infections of the brand new coronavirus, cautioning it was too early to say whether or not the worst had handed.

“While the situation remains very serious, we are starting to see some encouraging signs. Italy, which has the highest number of cases in the region, has just seen a slightly lower rate of increase, though it is still too early to say that the pandemic is peaking in that country,” Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, informed a press convention.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid

A Spanish police officer stands guard outdoors an ice rink, getting used as a morgue, in Madrid [Susana Vera/Reuters]

10:54 GMT – Spain experiences 655 extra deaths

Spain registered 655 fatalities from the coronavirus over the previous 24 hours – down from over 700 on Wednesday, the well being ministry reported as the entire loss of life toll from the epidemic within the nation rose to over 4,000.

The general variety of coronavirus circumstances soared to 56,188 from 47,610 on Wednesday. The variety of reported deaths from the virus rose to 4,089 from 3,434 on Wednesday, the ministry stated.

10:51 GMT – Iran loss of life toll rises to 2,234

A complete of 157 individuals in Iran have died of coronavirus during the last 24 hours, pushing the loss of life toll as much as 2,234, stated Iranian well being authorities.

Health Ministry spokesperson Kianoush Jahanpour stated 2,389 individuals have been confirmed to have contracted the virus within the final 24 hours, bringing the entire to 29,406.

Also, 10,457 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, in line with well being officers.

09:48 GMT – Japan PM Abe units up coronavirus job drive

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has established a job drive underneath the nation’s revised emergency legislation to cope with the rise in coronavirus infections and deaths.

It is important for individuals to behave as one to beat what will be described as a nationwide disaster, Abe stated in Tokyo.

Japan will ban entry from 21 European international locations in addition to Iran, to take impact from March 27, Abe stated.

09:47 GMT – Uzbekistan locks down two extra cities

Uzbekistan is locking down the cities of Namangan and Andijan to stop the unfold of coronavirus, the 2 cities’ municipal authorities stated.

Uzbekistan, which has already locked down its capital Tashkent, has reported 65 circumstances of the illness, together with some within the densely populated Fergana valley the place Namangan and Andijan are situated.

09:37 GMT – Uganda’s Bobi Wine releases tune elevating consciousness about coronavirus

Ugandan musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine has launched a tune to lift consciousness concerning the coronavirus pandemic as his nation imposes new restriction in a bid to stem the unfold of the virus.

Read extra right here.

Residents wearing face mask line up outside a wet market during the movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, Ma

Residents line up outdoors a moist market through the motion management order outdoors of Kuala Lumpur [AP Photo]

09:18 GMT – Malaysia experiences 235 new circumstances

Malaysia reported 235 new coronavirus circumstances in its greatest every day bounce, bringing the entire variety of circumstances to 2,031.

The variety of deaths from coronavirus rose to 23, the well being ministry stated.

Malaysia’s complete variety of circumstances has now doubled in per week. On Wednesday, the federal government prolonged curbs on travel and motion to till April 14th to include the unfold of the virus.

08:52 GMT – Indonesia experiences 103 new circumstances, 20 extra deaths

Indonesia has confirmed 103 new coronavirus circumstances, bringing the Southeast Asian nation’s complete to 893, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto stated.

The variety of new deaths on account of coronavirus rose by 20, taking the entire variety of deaths to 78, he stated, including {that a} complete of 35 individuals had recovered from the virus.

Burial for coronavirus victims in Indonesia

Officers bury the useless contaminated with the coronavirus in Jakarta, Indonesia [Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu]

08:36 GMT – Philippines experiences 7 new deaths, 71 extra circumstances

The Philippine well being ministry reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 71 new confirmed infections.

It brings the nation’s confirmed circumstances to 707 and deaths to 45 up to now, amongst them six docs, Health Secretary Francisco Duque informed an everyday information convention.

He stated case numbers would rise within the coming days as extra assessments are carried out.

08:20 GMT – China says no new circumstances confirmed domestically

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) stated six extra individuals died of the virus and 67 new circumstances have been confirmed, however all of them have been imported.

“Hubei reported no new cases of confirmed infection, no new cases of suspected infections, and 6 deaths, 5 in Wuhan,” the NHC stated.

People wearing face masks line up outside Xianning Central Hospital in Xianning

People sporting face masks line up outdoors Xianning Central Hospital in Xianning [Aly Song/Reuters]

08:09 GMT – South Korea: 97-year-old recovers from coronavirus

A lady, 97, has recovered from the coronavirus after a two-week remedy in South Korea’s Pohang Medical Centre.

She was discharged and positioned in self-isolation at home to guard her from re-infection, The Korea Times reported.

The oldest affected person on the course of restoration in the identical hospital is a 104-year-old lady, the report stated.

07:52 GMT – Moscow to shut all non-essential retailers

Moscow will shut all retailers aside from pharmacies and grocery shops, town’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin stated.

This measure, which additionally consists of the closure of eating places, cafes and bars, will final from March 28 till April 5, Sobyanin stated in a press release.

07:43 GMT – Nine docs die from coronavirus in Philippines

Nine docs have died within the Philippines from the coronavirus, the nation’s high medical association stated, as hospitals have been overwhelmed and medics complained a few lack of safety on the entrance traces.

The Philippine Medical Association stated well being staff weren’t getting sufficient safety.

“If it were up to me, test the front-liners first and test them again after seven days. Doctors could be carriers themselves,” Benito Atienza, vp of the Philippine Medical Association, informed AFP information company.

07:37 GMT – UK says 560,000 volunteers signed as much as assist NHS

Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock stated 560,000 individuals had volunteered to assist the National Health Service through the coronavirus disaster, greater than double the quantity he had hoped to recruit.

Britain had on Tuesday issued a name for 250,000 volunteers to enroll to assist the NHS and weak individuals hit by the coronavirus disaster.

Writing on Twitter, Hancock referred to as the information “fantastic”.

07:25 GMT – Tokyo experiences greater than 40 new circumstances

The Japanese capital of Tokyo reported greater than 40 new circumstances of coronavirus infections for the second day operating, Jiji News reported.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike held an emergency information convention to warn of the danger of an explosive rise in infections, asking residents to keep away from non-essential outings till April 12.

The metropolis has turn into the centre of Japan’s coronavirus epidemic, with greater than 250 circumstances.

07:15 GMT – Kashmir registers its first COVID-19 loss of life

A 65-year-old man, who had a current travel historical past outdoors the area, grew to become the primary COVID-19 fatality in Indian-administered Kashmir, sparking fear and inflicting a stricter lockdown.

Rohit Kansal, spokesman for the area’s authorities, stated the “first death due to coronavirus is a 65-year-old man from Srinagar”, he stated. The Srinagar man had examined constructive two days in the past.

Kansal stated 4 of his contacts have additionally examined constructive for the virus.

07:08 GMT – Russia’s Gazprom says 20 staff in isolation at gasoline area

Gas large Gazprom stated 20 staff have been quarantined at Bovanenkovo gasoline area, considered one of its largest in northern Russia, after contact with an individual who has coronavirus.

It stated the contact occurred on March 16 and the isolation will final till March 30. Production has not been affected.

06:47 GMT – Iran intercity travel ban begins

An intercity travel ban has begun, an Iranian official stated in a televised information convention, amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections within the Middle East’s worst-hit nation.

“Those who have travelled for the Iranian New Year holidays should immediately return to their cities without making any stop in the cities on their way back home,” stated Hossein Zolfaghari, a member of Iran’s nationwide headquarters for combating the coronavirus.

“The closure of universities and schools as well as suspension of gatherings has been extended,” he stated, including that violators of the measures would face authorized penalties.

05:45 GMT

I’ll be handing over this weblog to my colleague in Doha shortly.

Here are the principle developments this morning:

It was a bit contact and go for some time, however the US Senate has lastly handed a $2 trillion aid invoice for companies, staff and healthcare programs affected by the coronavirus. Now it goes again to the House of Representatives. 

Plenty of international locations are making ready to impose emergencies (Thailand) or prolong them (Spain).

South Korea says it’ll deny entry to individuals travelling from abroad who refuse to obtain an app that tracks their self-isolation, whereas China says all its new circumstances proceed to be “imported” – most of them Chinese nationals returning home.

05:35 GMT – China shifts narrative on coronavirus outbreak

With China’s personal outbreak of coronavirus showing to have calmed, the nation’s state media is devoting appreciable house to championing China’s efforts to assist Italy, Iran and different international locations that at the moment are struggling to regulate the illness. 

Shawn Yuan, who’s in China, has been following the shifting narrative.

05:25 GMT – Russia to droop all worldwide flights from March 27

The Russian authorities has ordered the civil aviation authority to droop all common and constitution flights to and from Russia from March 27, the federal government stated on its web site.

Russian airways will nonetheless be allowed to fly to different international locations to carry Russian residents again or if they’re authorised by particular authorities choices.

05:10 GMT – The $2tn US coronavirus stimulus package deal: Who advantages?

A aid invoice price slightly greater than $2 trillion lastly made its approach by means of the US Senate on Wednesday; it ought to obtain remaining approval later this week. Here is extra element on its measures: 

  • $500bn for a Treasury Department lending facility to assist US corporations, together with airways, with public oversight
  • $350bn for small companies. 
  • $100bn for hospitals, nurses and docs to battle the outbreak
  • $150bn for state and native governments
  • $300bn in direct funds to most Americans of as much as $1,200 per grownup and $500 per baby inside about three weeks. 
  • $250bn in federal unemployment advantages of $600 per week for particular person workers in addition to gig staff and impartial contractors 

You can discover out extra about what’s at stake on this story from Al Jazeera’s William Roberts.

05:05 GMT – Nigerian military making ready for strict lockdown, pressured transfers of sick

The Nigerian military is making ready to forcibly switch the sick to hospital and implement strict controls on motion to curb the unfold of the coronavirus in Africa’s most populous nation, in line with Reuters information company.

A memo from military headquarters seen by the information company outlines measures to guard authorities meals storage from looters and says the navy can also be leasing gear for “possible mass burial”.

04:25 GMT – Thailand declares 111 new confirmed circumstances

Thailand has introduced 111 new confirmed circumstances of coronavirus, after declaring a state of emergency to return into impact at midnight (17:00 GMT).

The measures will embody the closure of border crossings to everybody besides Thai nationals, diplomats and their households, and other people with permission to work in Thailand. 

The complete identified circumstances of the virus now stands at 1,045.

Thailand Myanmar

Migrant staff from Myanmar have been attempting to return home by means of the border at Mae Sot with an emergency on account of come into drive at midnight [Reuters]

03:30 GMT – US Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus package deal

After a collection of last-minute hiccups, the US Senate has lastly handed a $2 trillion package deal to assist the well being system, staff and enterprise damage by the coronavirus outbreak.

More on that story shortly.

03:30 GMT – Spanish Parliament votes to increase state of emergency till April 11

Spain’s parliament has voted in favour of the federal government’s request to increase the state of emergency – and a nationwide lockdown – by two weeks.

The emergency was first declared on March 14 and consists of strict stay-at-home rules.

More individuals have died in Spain from COVID-19 than another nation aside from Italy.

02:50 GMT – Cases in US near 70,000, with greater than 1,000 useless

The variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances within the US is nearing 70,000, with greater than 1,000 individuals now reported to have died from COVID-19, in line with AFP information company.

More on how every state is dealing with the outbreak right here.

02:45 GMT – Japan to arrange coronavirus HQ, potential emergency declaration

Japan’s authorities is making ready to arrange a particular headquarters on coronavirus as early as Thursday afternoon, in a move that might set the stage for declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak, the Kyodo information company reported.

The prime minister can declare a state of emergency if the illness is seen as posing a “grave danger” to lives and if its unfold threatens the economic system.

02:30 GMT – Overseas arrivals to South Korea to be refused entry with out app

Yonhap information company is reporting that South Korea will deny entry to individuals arriving within the nation from abroad in the event that they refuse to put in an app to watch them whereas they’re in self-isolation.

South KoreaSouth Korea has been tightening restrictions on individuals who arrive within the nation from abroad [Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters]

02:25 GMT – Border closures, flight suspensions go away individuals stranded

Countries world wide have suggested their residents abroad to return home as shortly as they’ll as lockdowns speed up, borders are sealed off, and even transit travel is banned.

But that’s simpler stated than completed.

Al Jazeera’s Ian Neubauer spoke to individuals caught in limbo at Kuala Lumpur’s worldwide airport.

01:50 GMT – Mexico to droop all non-essential exercise from Thursday

Mexico’s Deputy Health Minister Dr Hugo Lopez-Gatell says all non-essential actions within the nation shall be suspended from Thursday. 

Mexico has reported 475 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus and 6 deaths.

01:20 GMT – South Korea circumstances rise by 104, 5 extra deaths

South Korea’s simply given its newest replace, confirming 104 new circumstances, bringing the entire to 9,241, with 5 extra deaths.

Some 414 individuals have been discharged from hospital after making a full restoration. In all, 4,144 individuals in South Korea have been cured of the virus.

00:10 GMT – China circumstances climb once more; all from abroad

Mainland China has reported an additional enhance in coronavirus circumstances – all of them in individuals returning to the nation from abroad.

The National Health Commission reported 67 new circumstances as of the top of Wednesday, in contrast with 47 a day earlier.

The variety of deaths rose by six to three,287.

00:00 GMT – Trump administration lower CDC China employees

Reuters information company is reporting that the administration of US President Donald Trump lower the employees of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working in China by two-thirds within the two years earlier than the coronavirus emerged.

Most of the reductions have been on the Beijing workplace. The CDC’s headcount in China had dropped from about 47 when Trump took workplace in January 2017 to about 14 now, Reuters stated.

21:59 GMT (Wednesday) – $2 trillion virus rescue invoice hits delay in Senate

The $2 trillion financial rescue package deal to supply support to American companies, staff and healthcare programs strained by the coronavirus outbreak has run into last-minute delays within the Senate.

The measure is the most important financial aid invoice in US historical past. More on that story right here.

I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur with Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic/

Read all of the updates from yesterday (March 24) right here.